20 runs in a single MLB game is never anything to sneeze at, but when it comes against one of the game’s elite teams, it is even more impressive.
That is where the Boston Red Sox found themselves on Wednesday night, as the team used an incredible 8 home runs to pace a 16-run victory over Detroit. The 20-4 margin speaks for itself, but it was also a slump-busting performance from Boston’s leader, David Ortiz.
Ortiz had been struggling in recent weeks, but “Big Papi” put together two separate milestone hits during the game. Ortiz guided an RBI double that represented his 2,000th career hit, and later in the game, he pounded a deep home run that placed him in 47th place on MLB’s all-time home run list with 427. He finished the night 3-for-5 (including another home run) with 3 runs and 4 RBI, but it was the milestones that he’ll likely remember.
Elsewhere, Boston got home runs from Jacoby Ellsbury, Stephen Drew, Will Middlebrooks, Ryan Lavarnway, Daniel Nava, and Mike Napoli. With the obvious craziness of that feat aside, only Dustin Pedroia (the team’s consensus best player) exited the game without a base hit, and it was the best offensive showing of the season for the division-leading Red Sox.
In the grand scheme, this is simply one win of 84 for the Red Sox. However, it was certainly a night to remember for the entire offense, and especially one that David Ortiz will never forget.